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Just a Nosh

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Complied from JTA news service

Russian firm names ice cream ‘Poor Jew’

Jews in Russia’s Tatarstan region are objecting to a new ice cream called “Poor Jew.”

The ice cream cone, announced last month by the Slavitsa company in Naberezhnye Chelny, 600 miles east of Moscow, is wrapped in an image of Israel’s flag.

Leonid Shteinberg, a leader of the Jewish community in Naberezhnye Chelny, has called the name “racist” and demanded its production and sale be halted, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported. The city prosecutor’s office says it will investigate the complaints.

In a social media post, the company describes the ice cream as a “crusty horn” filled with chocolate- and prune-flavored ice cream and topped with peanuts.

Putin: Jews may be behind meddling

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Jews or other minorities might have been behind attempts to interfere in the 2016 American presidential elections.

In an interview with NBC News, Putin denied charges by U.S. intelligence services that he ordered meddling in the elections, saying the 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies fingered in an indictment by special counsel Robert Mueller last month “do not represent the interests of the Russian state.”

“Maybe they’re not even Russians,” he said. “Maybe they’re Ukrainians, Tatars, Jews, just with Russian citizenship. Even that needs to be checked. Maybe they have dual citizenship. Or maybe a green card. Maybe it was the Americans who paid them for this work. How do you know? I don’t know.”

The American Jewish Committee condemned Putin’s remarks. “President Putin suggesting that Russian Federation minorities, be they Ukrainian, Tatar, or Jewish, were behind U.S. election is eerily reminiscent of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. He should clarify his comments at the earliest opportunity,” the AJC tweeted.

First Jewish university to open in Russia

The Chabad-affiliated Federation of Jewish Communities of Russia is opening what it is calling Russia’s first Jewish university. Modeled after Yeshiva University in the United States, the Jewish University of Moscow is a private institution with a student body of 200 whose budget comes mostly from donors and the Russian Federation of Jewish Communities, dean Alexander Lebedev told JTA. It will open next month.

The university — whose faculties include economics, law, humanities and Jewish studies – comprises two existing Jewish community colleges one for men and the other for women. Their reconstitution as campuses of a single, state-recognized university is a first in Russian history, according to Lebedev.

In the new institution, “students will have the possibility to observe Torah, kosher food, Jewish holidays and Shabbat,” he said.


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